WBEZ | Branch 27 http://www.wbez.org/tags/branch-27 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Friday Foodie Forecast: Beers, Bears, and dining down under http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/friday-foodie-forecast-beers-bears-and-dining-down-under <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//cold_beer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<img width="400" height="266" alt="" title="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-20/cold_beer.jpg" /></p><div style="margin: 0px; text-align: left;">Attention all beer aficionados and Bears fans: no need to go hungry or thirsty as this week's forecast has plenty in store to satiate appetites for both foodies and football fans alike. Whether you enjoy authentic food and brew from Australia's finest, or fine fare and cold beer crafted right here at home, experience it all in the days <a name="anchor">ahead without</a> ever missing the action.</div><div style="margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0px;"><b>Aussies Embrace&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_0">Chicago</span></b></div><div style="margin: 0px;">Enjoy a spirited taste of&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_1">Australia</span>&nbsp;in Chicago as Executive Chef Frank Brunacci of <a href="http://www.trumpchicagohotel.com/Food_Wine/sixteen.asp">Sixteen</a> hosts the third annual <a href="http://www.facebook.com/notes/trump-international-hotel-tower-chicago/executive-chef-frank-brunacci-announces-the-third-annual-australia-week-at-trump/494895863303">Australia Week</a> celebration at the&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_2"><a href="http://www.trumpchicagohotel.com/">Trump International Hotel and Tower</a></span>&nbsp;from&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_3">Friday, Jan. 21</span>&nbsp;through&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_4">Wednesday, Jan. 26</span>. As in past years, guests who join in the festivities will have the opportunity to experience unique menus, beers and wines from&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_5">Down Under</span>, as well as also enjoy art, travel and live music indigenous to the region. Highlights of the week include:&nbsp;<i>An Evening with the Chefs and a Week-Long Menu</i>, as well as&nbsp;<i>Escape the Winter: Experience Australia</i>, which will not only turn the entire 16th floor at&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_6">Trump Tower</span>&nbsp;into an Australian marketplace, but will give&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_7">Chicago Bears fans</span>&nbsp;the opportunity to view the NFC Championship game from multiple high-definition flat-screen TVs positioned throughout.</div><div style="margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0px;"><i>An Evening with the Chefs</i>&nbsp;will take place at Sixteen&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_8">on Friday, Jan. 21</span>, where Chef Brunacci will be joined by New York's <a href="http://www.lecirque.com">Le Cirque </a>Chef Craig Hopson to collaborate in a special, six-course Australian dinner menu, interacting with guests as they drink wine provided by <a href="http://www.negociants.com/">Negociants</a> and poured by Sommelier&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_9">Rachel Lowe</span>. The menu for this evening is priced at $125 per person including&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_10">wine pairings</span>, and $105 per person,($155 with wine pairings) from&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_11">Saturday, Jan. 22</span>&nbsp;through Wednesday, Jan. 26. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_12">312-588-8030</span>.</div><div style="margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0px;"><i>Escape the Winter: Experience Australia</i><span>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_13">Chicago Bears viewing</span>&nbsp;party takes place Sunday, Jan.23 from 1p.m. to 5p.m. Showcasing more than 30 wines provided by </span><a href="http://www.wineaustralia.com/usa/">Wine Australia </a><span>and brews from</span><a href="http://www.coopers.com.au/"> Cooper Bee</a><span>r, attendees can browse an&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_14">aboriginal art fair</span>, attend hourly wine seminars and enjoy in Chefs Brunacci and Hopson's authentic Australian cuisine from dozens of food stations. Raffle tickets for sale ($5 each) will provide a chance to win prizes, some of which include a 7-night trip for two to Australia and overnight stays at Trump Chicago and&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_15">New York</span>. The cost to attend is $45 per person with proceeds benefitting <a href="http://www.mercyhome.org">Chicago's Mercy Home for Boys &amp; Girls</a>.&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_16">Trump International Hotel &amp; Tower</span>&nbsp;is located at 401 North Wabash. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://www.trumpchicagohotel.com/australia"><span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_17">www.trumpchicagohotel.com/australia</span></a>.</span></div><div style="margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0px;"><b>Beer Dinner at Branch 27</b></div><div style="margin: 0px;">After sampling Aussie's finest, head to <a href="http://www.branch27.com">Branch 27</a> for a taste of locally crafted brew as they host a <a href="http://www.foundersbrewing.com/">Founders Beer</a> Dinner&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_18">this Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m</span>. Diners will be welcomed with a Dry Hopped Pale Ale before beginning a four-course beer and dinner pairing. Featured fare includes a Dr. Pepper braised bbq&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_19">pork belly</span>&nbsp;served with Red Rye Ale, and smoked brisket with braised cabbage, bacon and barley risotto alongside a glass of Dirty Bastard. The entire &quot;four-chapter&quot; menu is $50 per person. Reservations are required to attend and can be made by emailing&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_20"><a href="http://dine@branch27.com">dine@branch27.com</a></span><a href="http://www.branch27.com">.</a> Branch 27 is located at 1371 W. Chicago Avenue.</div><div style="margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0px;"><b>More Beer and Dinner at Nana's</b></div><div style="margin: 0px;">Wrap up the week of beer-inspired food offerings with &quot;<a href="http://www.nanaorganic.com/live/">A Spirited Dinner</a>&quot; at <a href="http://www.nanaorganic.com/live/">Nana Organic</a>&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_21">on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 5 p.m</span>. to 9 p.m. Offered monthly during the&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_22">winter</span>, Executive Chef Guy Meikle's January's dinner series features a family-style, locally-sourced, four-course menu highlighting products from the <a href="http://www.gooseisland.com">Goose Island Beer Company</a> and <a href="http://wholeearthmeats.com/">Whole Earth Meats</a>. Featured beverages will appear on the food menu in the form of braising liquids, sauces, and more. Jim DeBolt of Goose Island will be on hand to discuss the evening's pairings while Qured Hasson of Whole Earth Meats will share information of his local, grass-fed, free-range meats and poultry. Menu items include&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_23">Prince Edward Island mussels</span>, chicken-truffle sausage, cassoulet,&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_24">lamb shank</span>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_25">dark chocolate bread pudding</span>&nbsp;paired with various Belgian-style ales and Bourbon County stout. The seated dinner is $50 per person and reservations are required and may be made by calling&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_26">312-929-2486</span>. Nana Organic is located at 3267 South Halsted St. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://nanaorganic.com/"><span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1295558971_27">nanaorganic.com</span></a>.</div></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 13:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/friday-foodie-forecast-beers-bears-and-dining-down-under